Pharma Fixer

Michael Castagna, a former drugstore pharmacy technician, is the new chief executive at Valencia biotech MannKind Corp.Q&A: Michael Castagna, MannKind Corp.’s new chief executive.

Car Guy Moves Beyond L.A.

AUTOMOTIVE: Mike Sullivan buys High Desert dealerships.

What does LACarGuy see in the High Desert?

Fuss Over Food

REGULATION: Nonprofit tackles lack of quality control workers.

Glendale company starts nonprofit in response to FDA’s new food safety law.

Movies Under The Stars Wow Crowds

Couple fills summer niche with inflatable screens, food trucks.

Eat See Hear dinner and movie events pop up around the Valley.

Ethics Test Yields Award For Students

Team from CSUN takes second place for giving advice on fraud.

How ethical is your business? CSUN team may have answers to your dilemmas.

Elvis Airplane Sold to Fan For $500,000

Agoura Hills auction house gains publicity blitz from sale.

Jet owned by “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” puts local auction house in spotlight.

Airport Turns To Education

AVIATION: College’s aerospace manufacturing program takes over terminal in Lancaster.

Antelope Valley College makes space for manufacturing at local airport terminal.

Survey Reveals Valley’s Most-Liked Chief Execs

MANAGEMENT: Rowland at ReachLocal, Bradway at Amgen among top names.

What’s the likelihood your company’s chief executive is well-liked?

Engaging Tenants?

Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks hopes to bring an aquarium to the mall, a strategy to use attractions to generate traffic.

Could an aquarium lure consumers into spending money at a shopping mall when more of them are shopping online?

Nonprofit Offers Startups Lab Space at Discount

BIOTECH: Toolbox project hunts for tenants at new location in Chatsworth.

Entrepreneurs with medical device startups will have a new place to go this summer when Lab Launch opens a location in Chatsworth.

What Made PizzaRev a Prime Takeover Target?

ACQUISITION: Ex-McDonald’s executive takes majority stake in custom pizza chain.

Restaurant franchisor PizzaRev Inc. has been acquired by an investment firm headed by a former McDonald’s Corp. executive.

C-Suite Cheer

Former cheerleader Deborah Sweeney takes a can-do attitude in running MyCorporation.com, the legal service company she acquired from Intuit.

Q&A: Deborah Sweeney, owner of MyCorporation.com.

Executive Paychecks Reflect Company’s Fortunes

LIST: Overall, a positive year for compensation among Valley bosses.

Top-paid executives.

Van Nuys Soundstages Sell for Premium Price

INDUSTRIAL: Investor pays $199 a square foot for former ‘90210’ studio.

Two buildings with soundstages and production studios have sold to a private investor who saw an opportunity for lucrative rents in the ultra-tight Van Nuys market.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley


Calendar of Events

Why State Tax Deduction Will Stand

A likely future of the state tax deduction.

Lunch Can Be a Good Investment

OP-ED: Celebrations with the staff – or team – breeds good will companywide.

CSUN to Build Campus Hotel

HOSPITALITY: Hyatt Place and restaurant will generate revenue.

Cal State Northridge seeks to boost revenue with a campus hotel.

Unconventional CEO Builds BlackLine Success

TECHNOLOGY: Product switches, key hires mark flexible style.

How Therese Tucker created the Valley’s newest public company, BlackLine.

Foodie Groups

RESTAURANTS: Top chefs cluster in Sherman Oaks, Glendale.

Why do Glendale and Sherman Oaks taste so good to foodies?

Military Sees Market for Mini Drones

AeroVironment makes first sale of infantry recon device.

AeroVironment’s tiny 5-ounce Snipe drones fly into active duty.

NoHo App Aims to Lure Foot Traffic

Digital discount card designed with under-30 market in mind.

North Hollywood’s new app aims to mobilize foot traffic for local merchants.

Bendable Bus Debuts in the High Desert

Antelope Valley Transit taps BYD to build electronic fleet.

BYD Motors is out to prove its biggest electric bus yet with new delivery in Antelope Valley.

Low Prices Put ‘TP King’ On a Roll

Toilet paper vendor reports double-digit growth last year.

With new deals underway, the “Toilet Paper King” rolls out more than TP.